Genesis 34 (New American Standard)

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The Treachery of Jacob's Sons

1 Now 1Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to avisit the daughters of the land. 2 When Shechem the son of Hamor 2the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her, he took her and lay with her bby force. 3 cHe was deeply attracted to Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the girl and dspoke tenderly to her. 4 So Shechem 3spoke to his father Hamor, saying, "Get me this young girl for a wife." 5 Now Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter ; but his sons were with his livestock in the field, so Jacob kept silent until they came in. 6 Then Hamor the father of Shechem went out to Jacob to speak with him. 7 Now the sons of Jacob came in from the field when they heard it; and the men were grieved, and they were very angry because he had done a e4disgraceful thing in Israel fby lying with Jacob's daughter, for such a thing ought not to be done. 8 But Hamor spoke with them, saying, "The soul of my son Shechem longs for your daughter ; please give her to him gin marriage. 9 "Intermarry with us; give your daughters to us and take our daughters for yourselves. 10 "Thus you shall hlive with us, and 5the land shall be open before you; ilive and 6trade in it and 7acquire property in it." 11 Shechem also said to her father and to her brothers, "If I find favor in your sight, then I will give whatever you say to me. 12 "Ask me ever so much bridal payment and gift, and I will give according as you say to me; but give me the girl jin marriage." 13 But Jacob's sons answered Shechem and his father Hamor with deceit, because he had defiled Dinah their sister. 14 They said to them, "We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to 8one who is uncircumcised, for that would be a disgrace to us. 15 "Only on this condition will we consent to you: if you will become like us, in that every male of you be circumcised, 16 then we will give our daughters to you, and we will take your daughters for ourselves, and we will klive with you and become one people. 17 "But if you will not listen to us to be circumcised, then we will take our daughter and go." 18 Now their words seemed lreasonable to Hamor and Shechem, Hamor's son. 19 The young man did not delay to do the thing, because he was delighted with Jacob's daughter. Now he was more respected than all the household of his father. 20 So Hamor and his son Shechem came to the 9gate of their city and spoke to the men of their city, saying, 21 "These men are mfriendly with us; therefore let them nlive in the land and trade in it, for behold, the land is olarge enough for them. Let us take their daughters pin marriage, and give our daughters to them. 22 "Only on this condition will the men consent to us to qlive with us, to become one people : that every male among us be circumcised as they are circumcised. 23 "Will not their livestock and their property and all their animals be ours? Only let us consent to them, and they will rlive with us." 24 10All who went out of the gate of his city listened to Hamor and to his son Shechem, and every male was circumcised, all who went out of the gate of his city. 25 Now it came about on the third day, when they were in pain, that two of Jacob's sons, 11Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brothers, each took his sword and came upon the city unawares, and killed every male. 26 They killed Hamor and his son Shechem with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah from Shechem's house, and went forth. 27 Jacob's sons came upon the slain and looted the city, because they had defiled their sister. 28 They took their flocks and their herds and their donkeys, and that which was in the city and that which was in the field ; 29 and they captured and looted all their wealth and all their little ones and their wives, even all that was in the houses. 30 Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, "You have 12brought trouble on me by 13making me odious among the inhabitants of the land, among 14the Canaanites and the Perizzites ; and s15my men being few in number, they will gather together against me and tattack me and I will be destroyed, I and my household." 31 But they said, "Should he utreat our sister as a harlot ?"
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